Few surprises for Erie County Republicans

Bohen, Kearns, cruise to victory; Givens loses despite endorsement

Mike Baggerman
September 13, 2018 - 11:57 pm

Erik Bohen following primary victories on September 13, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - There were few surprises for local republicans on Thursday's primary election.

Erik Bohen, the incumbent assemblyman in New York's 142nd district, won his primary in the republican and conservative line, though lost in the independent line to Michelle Kennedy by a total of 12 votes, according to the unofficial ballot count in Erie County. 

"I'm very happy," Bohen said after winning. "I had a great base with the republicans and conservatives because they know me. I've been knocking on their doors and I've been listening to them. I not only represent them but I represent everybody in the 142nd district.

Bohen will square off against democrat Patrick Burke, who is currently a legislator for Erie County.

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns is running uncontested as a republican and cruised to a 60-point victory on the independent line over Jonathan Lavell and a 44-point win for the reform party nomination over Eric Kozlowski. 

Arguably the biggest surprise for republicans was the loss of Debra Givens, a Buffalo City Court judge for 15 years, in the republican primary. Givens lost by 16 points, despite being the endorsed candidate for county judge position. Sue Maxwell Barnes, who defeated Givens, also won the democratic, independent, and reform party nomination. 

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